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7th Annual Cal-Sag Graveyard Blues Tour

  • Rock Island Public House 13328 Old Western Avenue Blue Island, IL, 60406 United States (map)

After 30 years of picking cotton, McKinley Morganfield moved to Chicago in 1945 with his Sears Silvertone guitar. The club owners he approached couldn't use him, but a change came when McKinley, aka Muddy Waters, bought an electric guitar. That change reverberated around the world and down through the decades, to us today.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Blues on our bicycle tour which explores the heritage of Chicago Blues in the suburbs of Blue Island and Alsip. Stand among the ghosts of Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon and many others while you learn how Chicago electric blues of the 50's seeded the rise of Rock & Roll in the 1960's.

LIMITED TO 110 RIDERS. Pre-register $22; otherwise $30 after August 31.

We'll start at Rock Island Public House and pedal on quiet streets to three historic cemeteries near the Cal-Sag Trail: Burr Oak, Restvale and Lincoln. Blues artist and historian Harmonica Neil meets us graveside to share stories and music of the Chicago blues legends.

The route is an easy 22 miles at a relaxed, nobody-gets-left-behind pace. Refreshments and SAG support. We’ll finish at Rock Island Public House for music and craft beer.

Rock Island Public House is at 13328 Olde Western Ave in Blue Island. Ample parking and easy access from both the Metra Rock Island and Metra Electric lines. Plan to arrive at 8:30, finish around 3. 

And if you don't cycle, bring 3 friends: We can accommodate automobiles at $70 per car. But, limited to 7 cars.

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Produced by and benefiting Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail, whose nonprofit mission is the construction, use and enhancement of a 26-mile multiuse recreation path. 


Earlier Event: June 26
FOCST Board Meeting
Later Event: September 25
FOCST Board Meeting